Sunday, 23 September 2018

FRESH - A TIME TO BE PAMPERED

A beautician friend of mine once said if you are going to spend your money on any beauty treatments, spend it on facials. The importance of great daily skincare is just as important as brushing your teeth and yet sometimes I feel I don't give this area enough love!

Well let me tell you how you can give yourself some of this love and it's all free, yes FREE!

For those of you who follow me on Instagram you will know that I've had the delightful opportunity to go to the launch of the Discovery Room at John Lewis and Partners in Westgate Oxford Shopping Centre. This exciting new service offers customers the chance to experience a variety of products and get hands on with testing them in a cosy and safe environment whilst being hosted by the team there!

I returned the following week having booked myself into the Fresh skincare workshop, and I feel I got such a fabulous experience by one of Fresh's skincare experts, Hattie, I just wanted to share this with you. 

This post will take you through the products I got to try - it was a fun and entertaining hour just talking skincare... and having a glass of bubbly now how fabulous is that?!



Fresh Skincare
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This is Hattie and I at the end of the facial, I felt amazing, my skin was so light and dewy and even after a few hours I felt like it had just been done. And without a doubt, my skin felt fresh!



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So here was the line up of all the products Hattie was going to use on me, we started with the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser followed up with the Fresh Rose Floral Toner (I love any product that contains Rosewater!)



Fresh Skincare
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Next up I got to try their new product Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vitamin C Glow Powder - it's a 30 second foaming facial.

I've been learning about the importance of Vitamin C, and if your watch Trinny on You Tube for her brand Trinny London - she is a massive advocate of Vitamin C products - so I was really interested to hear more about this.

Not a cream but a powder, something that I had not tried before! There are two sections which for science reasons (I'm not good on the techy stuff!) have to be kept separate and then you pour both sections into your palm, add a few drops of water and rub your hands together and it foams, once that starts you apply it to your face and leave on for 30 seconds.

I chose to purchase this product after the event, it comes in a box of twelve two-part sachets so ideal if you travel too. You can use it up to twice a week, but I am planning to use it every Sunday morning for the next twelve weeks - I paid £32 so this works out £2.67 per treatment. You can find out more about Vitamin C benefits and this product here.




Fresh Skincare
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Fresh Skincare
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Now this Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask was so cold (for the whole duration) I actually needed this back in the summer on those super hot days to keep cool. It had a luxurious texture to this mask which doesn't dry on your face which I found quite refreshing! Loved it.



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Now when it came to face cream I had the choice of two, I think I opted for the lighter cream of Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Lotion but I am sure Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream is just as wonderful.



Fresh Skincare
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Now I'm not big on eye cream, something that quite a few friends tell me off for! I own some, but I just seem to forget about it in my morning rush! Hattie explained all the lovely benefits and I promise to try harder in the future!



Fresh Skincare
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And then we finished off which something I was not expecting! A little mini facial on my lips - and boy did they need that! My lips are quite dry and so we started with a few drops of Fresh Sugar Lip Wonder Drops and followed it up with the Fresh Sugar Coral Tinted Lip Balm.  I was given a Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm sample so I will be continuing this good work!



Fresh Skincare
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You can visit the Fresh counter at Oxford and receive a complimentary treatment. You can choose to between any of the three above - to book your appointment email JLOxford@fresh.com

Or why not go along with a girlfriend or two for the full workshop (which includes a glass of bubbles) and make a real event of the experience! Simply contact John Lewis & Partners Experience Desk at Oxford Westgate Shopping Centre - click here for details.





Fresh Skincare
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John Lewis & Partners invited me along to experience their new Discovery Room in Westgate Oxford Shopping Centre, and I loved it so much I chose to write about it on my blog so that I can share this FREE experience with you, my readers. Love Lizzi x












Tuesday, 18 September 2018

STYLE MATTERS - BY HELEN FROM SIMPSON.HOUSE

This week STYLE MATTERS is from a lady I've been following for ages on Instagram, Helen who is 46 and lives in Shropshire, is always, and I mean always, super stylish! And yet I feel she makes it look so easy.

Helen primarily works on Instagram under the name of @simpson.house and focuses on women’s style and lifestyle - In her interview this week Helen is giving us some great tips on her styling, especially for those of you who are pear shape. We hope you enjoy it.

Love, Lizzi x




simpson.house
@simpson.house




How do you describe your personal style? 

I would call it a classic, ageless, timeless style which reflects my attitude and personality. 



Why does style matter to you? 

Style reflects so much about my personality and changes according to my mood. It gives me confidence.




Have you always been interested in style? 

Yes, since a very early age.

As a child in the 1970s I remember seeing fashion models walking around our local department store promoting the latest styles. These models looked both graceful and confident. I suppose I always aspired to look so effortlessly stylish.




simpson.house
@simpson.house



What would be your signature style look? 

My signature look is jeans, boots, jumpers with attention to accessories, usually a neck scarf and big earrings.



What’s your view on fashion vs. style? 

Fashion is about the latest trends and is very much up to date and of the moment, whereas style is more of a personal statement reflecting your way of life. Style is a choice, fashion is a following. 





simpson.house
@simpson.house



What is your body shape? 

My body shape is pear at the moment. Having previously battled with an eating disorder my body is prone to changing shape, sometimes I can be an apple, sometimes I can be a straight shape. This is something I have had to accept over the years but nowadays I try and embrace it. My weight fluctuates quite often but my wardrobe is flexible enough to take these changes.



Have you worked this out for yourself or did you get professional advice/training? 

I worked this out for myself




simpson.house
@simpson.house



What is the best thing about being pear shape? 

The best thing about being a pear shape is I can wear lots scarfs and big earrings, balancing out my hips.



What’s not so easy about your pear shape?

Having big hips means that jeans tend to gape around the back of the waist. It is also difficult to find flattering dresses, because what fits on the top doesn’t tend to  fit on the bottom and vice versa.



What three styling tips do you have for pear shape?

  1. Keep the interest high up to deflect from the thighs
  2. Balance your shoulders and your hips
  3. Wear a statement belt to define your waist 


simpson.house
@simpson.house



What must you avoid (regardless of if it’s in fashion) for your pear shape?


  1. Avoid big pockets
  2. Avoid anything stretchy
  3. Avoid pleats around the waistline



What are your three favourite stores to shop (bricks or clicks!)?


  • Bella Freud
  • Cos 
  • Ralph Lauren


simpson.house
@simpson.house



What do you own that you will never ever give away?

Red Gucci loafers


To find out more about Helen from simpson.house simply click here.







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Sunday, 16 September 2018

CORDUROY - THE PINK TREND CONTINUES

Corduroy is a huge trend this Autumn and whilst earthy tones would be the most natural choice, it's pink that has taken over the high street! Available in jackets, trousers and also the pinafore dress which is another big trend this Autumn - you've got a lot of choice if you fancy giving this one a go.




Pink Corduroy
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So whilst I had thought I would be spending on a little pink faux fur coat, I've currently parked (not stopped - LOL) that idea (possibly the warm weather is making me feel like this) and purchased this gorgeous double-breasted pink corduroy blazer from & Other Stories. The same brand that I got my fabulous leopard print dress from. I've yet to really wear it but I already know it's a 10/10 from me - I just love it.

Here I have teamed it with a motto t-shirt, blue jeans and some pink faux suede shoes. The white tee is allowing me to still mix in my white accessories, something I'm not yet prepared to give up for Autumn. I've then added my old leopard print (with a touch of hot pink) silk scarf just to get a hint of the animal print trend in too.




Pink accessories
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STYLE INSPIRATION















All photos from PINTEREST




MY TOP TIPS

  • Don't be scared to try this trend - it's a great one for the weekend when the natural vibe of styling is a lot less pressure
  • You will be surprised just how much it goes with - denim, navy, grey, leopard print and more!
  • And if it doesn't go, sometimes a clash adds more style anyway
  • Pick an item that you know you will wear a lot - I needed a jacket... but I am tempted too with trousers
  • Corduroy is one of the perfect winter warmers so this trend should see you all the way through to March (and possibly beyond)





(I shouldn't be telling you this...as this post is about pink corduroy - but they also do it in a gorgeous navy with trousers too... perfect for the office!)







I saw this whilst shopping this weekend, I thought this was just fab!

















& Other Stories
Cropped Wide Corduroy Trousers
£59

These go with the jacket I bought... a potential suit if you want to do head to toe!







MANGO
Corduroy straight trousers
£59.99







ASOS
Max & Co Corduroy A-Line Dress

£165








River Island
Pink corduroy diamante embellished shirt
£40









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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

STYLE MATTERS - BY JAIMEE FROM KIWI MAMA OF 3

Last week, I launched the first STYLE MATTERS interview and was overwhelmed with all the fabulous feedback.

This week I am delighted to introduce Jaimee who's 40 years old and lives in Grenoble, France - Jaimee is a Kiwi girl living in France blogging her side of the story & exploring her 40 year old mum-style. As always I hope you enjoy the interview,

Love, Lizzi x


KIWI MAMA OF 3
@kiwimamaof3


How do you describe your personal style? 

Evolving because I’m still finding it! But here is what I know for sure; I have a love of vintage clothing and I won’t follow fashion trends just because it’s popular. So I find myself mixing new finds with vintage pieces and my own personal stockpile to create an outfit. 

Vintage earrings with a vintage t-shirt will turn a pair of old jeans and this season’s blazer into a stylish look that you can’t find on the high street.


Why does style matter to you? 

I love to feel good in what I wear. I spent my 30’s putting everyone else first and having babies. Now I’m 40, I am taking time to figure out how to express myself and break away from that mum vibe!

Exploring colour has been my main focus over the summer (I even went 31 days without wearing black to kickstart my creativity) because colour plays a massive part in whether a certain piece will look fab or drab. It also says a lot about my personality and for too long I’ve been hiding it behind greys, tans and blacks.


Have you always been interested in style? 

No, anything but! As a double Olympian, I spent my 20’s playing international sport so I never wore makeup and I was constantly training and tired, making style a low priority! Then I had 3 kids and we moved 4 countries in 6 years which pilfered some more of my energy reserve! 

It wasn’t until I turned 40 that I decided to consciously find my style. I always had an idea of what I liked and didn’t like - I had just never explored it. 


KIWI MAMA OF 3
@kiwimamaof3


What would be your signature style look? 

Pretty simple: skinny coloured jeans, ballet flats and I never leave home without earrings in.


What’s your view on fashion vs. style? 

Fashion is what’s popular but style is individual and timeless.  Who can afford to follow fashion trend’s that change more than my 2 year old’s nappy? I won’t wear something because it is in fashion, I’ll wear it because I love it, it fits me well and it’s comfortable.


What is your body shape? 

Probably straight and short-ish - I have always been small all over. Until I hit 40 years old, I maintained 54-55kgs (121lbs) and I’m not tall at 164cm (5ft 4in). 

Now I sit around 57kgs (125lbs) . I don’t have big boobs or a big tum or big thighs, I’m pretty even all over. But I am carrying more of a mum-tum nowadays thanks to baby number 3 at 38 years old! 



KIWI MAMA OF 3
@kiwimamaof3


Have you worked this out for yourself or did you get professional advice/training?

Of course, I sought the advice of Dr Google!! I think my body type is pretty obvious…I am not voluptuous in any area and the curviest parts of my body are probably my ears!!


What is the best thing about being straight / petite? 

I have a naturally athletic, lean build so there are lots of things I can wear and shop sizes are usually pretty easy to predict for me so I can buy without trying…sometimes


What’s not so easy about your straight / petite body shape? 

Trying to make my body look like it has more curves than it does! Plus finding trousers that aren’t too long.


What three (hmm four?!) styling tips do you have for straight / petite? 
  1. Find shirts / tops that are cinched in at the waist to give shape.
  2. Choose tops that have an open, scoop or off the shoulder neckline and fluttery capped sleeves - these are super flattering.
  3. Trousers: I always look for a wide elastic band or a pant I can wear with a belt - again to accentuate my waist. Mid-rise to High-waisted skinny jeans are ideal at my age too. They hide the Mum-tum and it means I can wear a fitted top without muffin top!
  4. If all else fails, wear a killer pair of earrings to redirect any attention!!


What must you avoid (regardless of if it’s in fashion) for your straight & petite body shape? 
  • 3/4 length baggy or loose trousers - make me look short with stubby legs. 
  • Flares of any size or type.
  • Oversized tops / blazers - make me look like a little child.
  • Tight tops around my stomach! I like to eat and not have to worry about the fallout, literally!


KIWI MAMA OF 3
@kiwimamaof3



What are your three favourite stores to shop (bricks or clicks!)?

  1. Zara is absolutely my main shop for everyday pieces.
  2. Any quality preloved / vintage clothing shop.
  3. I also have my eye on two awesome NZ clothing brands: ‘Love Knot War’ and ‘Augustine' by Kelly Coe

What do you own that you will never ever give away?
  • A fabulous pair of Tommy Hilfiger wedges I bought in New York in 2013.
  • My collection of coloured jeans
  • My ‘Kathmandu’ winter puffer jacket

What do I want my style to say about me?

A casual-chic mum of 3 that’s fun, cheeky and willing to take a chance. That I don’t fit into a ‘Fashion’, ‘Trend’ or ‘Latest Craze’ box - I wear what I want, the way I want to, and its always comfortable.


If I could raid anyone closet, who would it be?
Jennifer Aniston for sure!! Simple, fuss-free, stylish and chic. She epitomises the girl next door look and rocks a black dress.

Also Janine from @fashionlovingphysician for her unique and colourful pieces and earrings. 

Also, Emms from @beautifuleverday_uk for her elegant and chic style.




KIWI MAMA OF 3
@kiwimamaof3



You can follow Jaimee on Instagram here and her blog Kiwi Mama of 3 here!




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